Critical 5 things to do in NYC: the clock’s ticking, July 27- 29
Fighting for a cab at 4 PM, getting a seat on the F, carrying groceries up a walk-up: those would be going for the gold in NYC. So if you’re not staying in all weekend to watch those wusses in London do the easy stuff, here are a few more NY events.
This is the last weekend to catch Christian Marclay's The Clock, the 24-hour video masterwork that splices thousands of images of clocks together from 100 years of movie clips, each one synched in real time. There will be lines, but no sweat: The Clock runs continuously from 8:00 am Friday through 10:00 pm Sunday. Stalwarts and insomniacs can simply go at 3 AM.
If you need to rest your eyes after a long week of staring into a monitor, let your ears do the work for a while during the noisecore lineup at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Being surrounded by messy comrades, beer and shredders might be just what the doctor ordered. Doomsday Student, Tinsel Teeth, Unstoppable Death Machines and Neon Windbreaker will be there.
There's a mini Men Are Monsters festival at the Film Forum. The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and The Mummy are playing back to back, as part of their Universal 100 festival. Did we mention it's a triple feature? If you're under 40, that means one price for all, so you can afford to bring that special man in your life.
London Olympic Opening Ceremonies
For those who'd rather stay in with Orville Redenbacher, what's as precise as a North Korean pep rally, as New Age-y as Cirque de Soleil and more compelling than anything else on NBC? The Olympic Opening Ceremony is a must for kitsch fanatics. These festivities are like demented postmodern performance pieces: that giant, floating LED scroll in Beijing, the grand piano orchestra in LA, the ten story Spirit Bear puppet in Vancouver, the messy fairy quadrille in Reyjavik, or the homage to The 300 in Barcelona. There are rumors of a living Toile de Jouy for London. We also have our fingers crossed for some major Bollywood.
If you can't hack the city, get on the train. The second edition of NADA Hudson features more than 40 artists. For those of us totally done with art fairs, this is really more of a site specific exhibition. In the country. On the river. Bring a picnic.
|Christian Marclay, The Clock|